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Natural Parents of J.B. v. Florida Department of Children & Families (2001-2002)

 
IssueWhether a Florida statute closing all parental rights’ hearings to the public and media, requiring instead that the case be adjudicated behind closed courthouse doors, is constitutional.
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Lower Court Ruling affirming Florida District Court of Appeal’s ruling upholding the statute and concluding that the state has the power to close such hearings.
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